In the draft resolution, paragraph 11, first sentence, replace the words “draw inspiration from” with the words:
“adhere to and promote”.
In the draft resolution, replace paragraph 12.7 with the following sub-paragraph:
“explicitly rejecting the use of terrorism and combating it actively by measures respecting human rights and the rule of law”.
Council of Europe standards in the domain of human rights, democracy and the rule of law should not only be a source of inspiration but they should be adhered to and actively promoted. This is also reflected in the request for partnership status by the Palestinian National Council itself, in which it states that it intends to make full use, in developing its institutional framework and its legislative work, of the experience of the Parliamentary Assembly and of the expertise of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (“Venice Commission”). Since these bodies contribute to setting and implementing Council of Europe standards, the Palestinian National Council should make the best use of their work, in which it should actively participate. Moreover, paragraph 13 of the draft resolution states that the Assembly expects the Palestinian National Authority to accede in due course to relevant Council of Europe conventions and partial agreements, in particular those dealing with human rights, the rule of law and democracy.
The amendment aims to strengthen the wording with respect to the fight against terrorism while underlining that terrorism must be fought by means respecting human rights and the rule of law.Note